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Cars head on crash

A head-on collision occurs when your vehicle hits head-on to another vehicle or a solid object. This is very dangerous and could be lethal at high speeds. Air bags and seat belts are the best protection. If you slow down the force of impact will be less.

Some of the causes of such a collision are unsafe passing and driving on the wrong side of the road.

Cars side crash

Side collisions happen when another vehicle hits you from the side. The impact from side collision will be highest when the vehicle hits you at the driver or passenger side. In such a case, try to adjust so that you are not hit at the passenger or driver sides.

Rear-end collisions occur when a vehicle hits you from the back. These are common when the vehicle behind you is driving too close to your car. Avoid sudden moves and stops so that the vehicles behind you have time to react. If you stop unexpectedly and the car behind you hits you it could be your fault.

Serious pile-up collisions happen when drivers don't slow down and follow too closely on slippery roads.

Car rolled over

Rollovers happen when your vehicle trips over to its side or top. Vehicles going at excessive speeds have a potential to roll over, especially when the driver jerks the steering wheel suddenly.

Always follow the advisory speed sign for the highest speed you should travel around the curve. Taller and narrower vehicles are more likely to roll over. Seat belts protect you in case of a rollover.